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Uttar Pradesh Election Results 2022 Highlights: Yogi Adityanath tenders resignation to governor as his first tenure comes to end

Uttar Pradesh Election Results 2022, UP Assembly Election Result 2022 Highlights: Calling it a ‘festival of democracy’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the voters for their mandate in favour of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh and three other states — one he described as “jeet ka chauka”.

Written by Sonal Gupta , Lalmani Verma , Maulshree Seth , Amil Bhatnagar , Asad Rehman | Lucknow, Noida |
Updated: March 11, 2022 10:46:30 pm
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath submits his resignation to Governor Anandiben Patel at Raj Bhawan, in Lucknow. (PTI Photo)

Uttar Pradesh Election Results 2022 Highlights: After BJP’s momentous victory in Uttar Pradesh Assembly election, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday submitted his resignation to Governor Anandiben Patel as his first tenure came to an end. Yogi is set to become the first Chief Minister to return to power in the state after completing a five-year term. The BJP became the first party to retain power in the state since 1985.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati said that the results of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections was a ‘lesson’ for the party. BSP had managed to secure only one vote. “UP election results are opposed to BSP’s expectations. We should not be discouraged by it. Instead we should learn form it, introspect and carry forward our party movement, and come back to power,” she was quoted as saying by ANI.

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The BJP has won 255 seats, while its rival Samajwadi Party has won 111 seats, according to the Election Commission (EC) website. The Congress, showcasing a dismal performance, has won two seats. The BSP of Mayawati, a four-time chief minister, was all but obliterated with just one seat despite polling 12.88 per cent votes.

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20:35 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Yogi Adityanath tenders resignation to governor as his first tenure comes to end

After BJP’s momentous victory in Uttar Pradesh Assembly election, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday submitted his resignation to Governor Anandiben Patel as his first tenure came to an end. Yogi is set to become the first Chief Minister to return to power in the state after completing a five-year term. With the win, the BJP became the first party to retain power in the state since 1985.

19:03 (IST)11 Mar 2022
SP thanks UP voters for 2.5 times increase in seat tally

"Akhilesh Yadav and SP accept people's mandate. We thank people of UP for the 2.5 times increase in the seat tally and a 1.5 times surge in the vote share. The results have shown that the BJP's seat count can be decreased & this decline would continue," Samajwadi Party said.

18:26 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Fighting from jail, SP's Azam Khan and Nahid Hasan win UP poll

The Samajwadi Party's Azam Khan and Nahid Hasan, both of whom contested the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections while being jailed, have won their respective seats, official results showed. Khan, a former Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister and nine-term MLA, registered victory against nearest rival Akash Saxena (Honey) of the BJP from Rampur seat by a margin of over 55,000 votes, the Election Commission website showed. Khan got 1.31 lakh (or 59.71 per cent) of the total votes counted while Saxena polled 76,084 (or 34.62 per cent) votes, according to the EC. --PTI

18:00 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Voters reject most 'bahubalis' in UP polls

While a few 'bahubalis' managed wins in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, a majority of them were rejected by the voters. According to the results, many alleged dons-turned-politicians failed to make it to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly. These include Dhananjay Singh (Malhani), Vijay Mishra (Gyanpur), Yash Bhadra Singh Monu (Isauli) and Amarmani Tripathi (Nautanwa), son of Purvanchal strongman Yatra Amanmani Tripathi, who is sentenced to life imprisonment. However, on the other hand, Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya (Kunda) and Abhay Singh (Gosaiganj) managed to win. --PTI

17:15 (IST)11 Mar 2022
UP polls: Only four turncoats make it to state legislature

Most of the turncoats failed to win their seats in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections that witnessed the BJP sweeping to power for a second consecutive term. The BJP and its allied parties won 273 out of 403 Assembly seats while the Samajwadi Party-led coalition clinched 125 seats. Of the 21 turncoats, only four could win the polls. Nine of the them were fielded by the BJP and 10 by the Samajwadi Party (SP). Among the prominent losers were former UP ministers Dharam Singh Saini and Swami Prasad Maurya, who had joined the SP just ahead of the polls; and former Bareilly mayor Supriya Aron.

15:42 (IST)11 Mar 2022
SP candidate who 'kept eye' on EVMs with binoculars loses UP polls

A Samajwadi Party candidate, who went extra-vigilant ahead of counting of votes and kept an eye on the local election office through binoculars, has lost the Uttar Pradesh assembly poll, official results showed. Yogesh Verma of the SP contested from Hastinapur constituency in western UP's Meerut district where he lost to BJP's Dinesh Khatik, the sitting MLA, by a margin of 7,312 votes, the Election Commission (EC) website showed. Verma got 1 lakh (43.55 per cent) of the total votes counted while Khatik polled in 1.07 lakh (46.72 per cent) votes, the EC data showed. --PTI

15:35 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Fearing return of SP’s ‘jungle raj’, Dalits & OBCs voted for BJP: Mayawati

Reacting to the Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) performance in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Polls where it won only 1 of the 403 seats, Mayawati said that even the Dalits voted for the BJP as they feared a return of the Samajwadi Party’s jungle raj.

“BSP’s supporters, who are primarily upper caste Hindus and from several OBC communities, had a fear in them that if the SP came back to power, the state would be thrown back to the jungle raj and goonda raj of the past. Hence, they went ahead and voted for the BJP,” the supremo said. Read more

14:36 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Accept mandate of people: Maurya on poll defeat in Sirathu

Trounced in the assembly polls, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Friday said he is worker of the BJP, and will do whatever the party tells him to do. Maurya lost the assembly poll contest in Sirathu to Samajwadi Party's Pallavi Patel by 7,337 votes. While Maurya polled 98,941 votes, Patel, the elder sister of Union minister Anupriya Patel, got 1,06,278 votes.    

"I am a worker of the party, and will do whatever the party tells me to do," Maurya told PTI. "With all humility, I accept the mandate of the people of Sirathu assembly constituency. I am thankful to each and every party worker and also express my gratitude towards the voters, who have voted for me. It is a happy moment for us that the BJP has formed the government once again due to the policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Uttar Pradesh and in three other states." (PTI)

14:26 (IST)11 Mar 2022
UP polls: BJP MLA who did sit-ups, gave body massage to voter, retains seat

A BJP MLA, who was seen doing sit-ups and giving a massage to a voter during the Uttar Pradesh Assembly poll campaigns, has retained his seat, official results showed. Bhupesh Chaubey from Robertsganj constituency in Sonbhadra district secured 84,496 (or 40.29 per cent) of the total votes counted, defeating his nearest rival, Avinash Kushwaha of the Samajwadi Party (SP) by over 5,600 votes, according to the Election Commission website.     

Kushwaha got 78,875 (or 37.61 per cent) of the total 2.09 lakh votes that were counted on the seat, according to the Election Commission. A total of 10 candidates were in the fray for the Assembly poll from Robertsganj, including Chaubey, who had won the constituency election in 2017 to become a first-time MLA.     

The 47-year-old BJP MLA had hogged the limelight during poll campaigns after he was seen doing sit-ups holding his ears from the stage of an election rally, in a bid to seek 'forgiveness' of the voters of his constituency. (PTI)

13:32 (IST)11 Mar 2022
UP election results: 36 Muslim MLAs elected — up from 24 in 2017 polls

Voters have sent 36 Muslim candidates to the 18th Uttar Pradesh Assembly compared to 24 in the previous Assembly polls. The newly elected MLAs account for 8.93% of the total 403 legislators in a state with 19% of the Muslim population. Among the prominent Muslim MLAs were Azam Khan, his son Abdullah Azam Khan, jailed-gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari’s son Abbas, and nephew Suhaib.

In Rampur, jailed SP leader Azam Khan won the seat after securing 1,21,755 votes, while BJP’s Akash Saxena was a distant second with 56,368 votes. Read more

13:08 (IST)11 Mar 2022
UP cabinet to hold last meeting of first tenure at 5 pm

The Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Friday will hold their last cabinet meeting of the first tenure of the BJP government at 5 pm in Lucknow. (ANI)

12:52 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Uttar Pradesh: Samajwadi Party leader ‘attempts suicide’ after election setback

Samajwadi Party’s Kanpur vice-president Narendra Singh alias ‘Pintu’ (55) allegedly attempted suicide by setting himself ablaze outside the Vidhan Bhawan in Lucknow on Thursday after his party lost the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly election to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). SP’s Kanpur district president Dr Imran said that Narendra Singh took the step because he felt the party lost the state Legislative Assembly election to the BJP due to irregularities in electronic voting machines (EVM).

A businessman, Narendra Singh suffered 30 per cent burn injuries and is undergoing treatment at a civil hospital. The doctors have stated that his condition is critical. Shyam Babu Shukla, station house officer, Hazratganj police station, said they are yet to record Singh’s to know the exact reason behind his action. Read more

12:48 (IST)11 Mar 2022
UP election result 2022: The lone BSP winner, Uma Shankar Singh of Rasra, has an image of Robin Hood

The BSP reduced to just one seat in Uttar Pradesh and the sole winner is a sitting MLA from Rasra Assembly seat in Ballia district — Uma Shankar Singh. Asked about his lone victory and the downfall of the BSP, Singh said the party would review the performance after the counting. But, it’s worth noticing that the BSP had got less seats even in 2017, but its vote share was 1.9 per cent higher than the SP, which has now dipped far lower than the latter. Singh won the seat for a third consecutive term. Earlier he had won the seat in 2012 and 2017 despite all odds. Read more

12:33 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Fearing return of SP’s ‘jungle raj’, Dalits & OBCs voted for BJP: Mayawati

Reacting to the Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) performance in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Polls where it won only 1 of the 403 seats, Mayawati said that even the Dalits voted for the BJP as they feared a return of the Samajwadi Party’s jungle raj.

“BSP’s supporters, who are primarily upper caste Hindus and from several OBC communities, had a fear in them that if the SP came back to power, the state would be thrown back to the jungle raj and goonda raj of the past. Hence, they went ahead and voted for the BJP,” the supremo said. Read the full story here

12:21 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Raja Bhaiya’s party bags 2 seats — he in Kunda, aide in Babaganj

Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias ‘Raja Bhaiya’s newly formed Jansatta Dal Loktantrik Party clinched two seats in its maiden election after the results of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections were announced on Thursday evening. The party’s national president Singh (52)  was re-elected from Kunda in Pratapgarh district after he defeated his former close aide and Samajwadi Party candidate Gulshan Yadav (38). The six-time MLA secured 99,612 votes, while Yadav stood at the second spot by bagging 69,297 votes. Before 2022, he had contested as an independent candidate for five consecutive polls. The BJP had fielded Sindhuja Mishra Senani in the constituency. Read more

12:08 (IST)11 Mar 2022
UP Polls Capital contest: BJP 6/8, a seat less 2017

Out of the nine Assembly seats in Capital Lucknow, BJP won seven – only a seat less than its 2017 poll tally. The Samajwadi Party, which at one point of time was leading in three seats, manage to win only two, bettering its 2017 tally by only one seat. BJP minister Ashutosh Tandon ‘Gopal Ji’ won with the highest margin of 68,731 votes in Lucknow East — a seat held by the BJP for long.

BJP’s Rajeshwar Singh, the former joint director of Enforcement Directorate who took voluntary retirement just ahead of the election, won from Sarojini Nagar, defeating his SP rival Abhishek Mishra by over 56,000 votes. Read more

11:51 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Five reasons why the BJP won Uttar Pradesh
    1. Law & order

Despite criticism of rights violation, the UP government was able to successfully project its crackdown on the mafia and the killing of criminals in police encounters as a sign of better law and order. In poll rallies, CM Adityanath and Union Home Minister Amit Shah have claimed a sharp drop in crimes such as murders, kidnapping and rapes over the past five years.

    1. Welfare schemes

The free ration scheme of the Central and state governments was a gamechanger for the BJP as families struggled through a pandemic that led to the loss of lives and jobs. Besides the ration, other schemes such as the PM Kisan Nidhi, where money was transferred to the bank accounts of farmers, helped the BJP blunt anti-incumbency against it. Lalmani Verma writes

11:22 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Uttar Pradesh Assembly election results 2022: Despite loss for its alliance with SP, RLD makes presence felt

Even as the Samajwadi Party (SP) only came in second to the BJP in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election, the SP’s western UP ally, the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), emerged with a crucial performance. RLD fielded candidates in 33 seats in alliance with SP, and managed to win eight seats. As per Election Commission (EC) figures till 8 pm, the RLD had nearly 3 per cent vote share. It has also emerged as the fourth largest party in the state ahead of Congress and BSP.

In the 2007 UP Assembly elections, RLD had managed to win 10 seats, and followed it up with nine seats in the 2012 elections. Since then, however, RLD has suffered crushing blows, with the late Ajit Singh — father of current party president Jayant Chaudhary — losing in parliamentary elections held following the Muzaffarnagar riots. The riots paved the way for rising differences between Jats and Muslims in the region, and western UP residents say Jat communities and khaps remained angry with Ajit Singh since then, which further impacted the party as a whole. Read more

11:11 (IST)11 Mar 2022
UP Assembly Election Results 2022 Explained: Yogi prevails in bipolar contest

Bipolar fight: It was clear from the beginning that the election would be between the BJP and the Samajwadi Party, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath targeting the SP and Akhilesh Yadav by referring to “mafiawaad”, “gundagardi by laal topiwalahs”, and “appeasement of one community” (Muslims). As the results show, voters too made their choice between the BJP and the SP (or their respective allies), largely ignoring the BSP and the Congress.

Security & Hindutva: Many voters were convinced that it was necessary to bring the incumbent government back to power solely on the issue of law and order, their argument being that no government can remove problems like inflation and unemployment completely. Adityanath’s comments like “garmi thanda kar doonga” or “bulldozer chalega” were widely seen as references to operations on criminals. Bhupendra Pandey explains


10:53 (IST)11 Mar 2022
'Negative campaigning led people believing that BSP was BJP's B-team' : Mayawati

BSP leader on Friday said that negative campaigning led to the belief that the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was the BJP's B-team. 'Negative campaigns succeeded in misleading... that BSP is BJP's B-team... while the truth is opposite, BJP vs BSP war was not only political but principled & electoral as well,' she said.

The ruling BJP is set to return to power in Uttar Pradesh as the party has won 241 seats and is leading on 15, while its rival Samajwadi Party has won 99 seats and is leading on 11 seats. (Express/ Tashi Tobgyal)

In his speech after wrapping up the mandate, Adityanath underscored the key theme behind his party's repeat win. “The BJP’s double engine government, in the past five years, created an atmosphere of security and gave respect to faith,” he said. Calling elections a ‘festival of democracy’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the voters for their mandate in favour of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh and three other states — one he described as “jeet ka chauka”. Stating that the results validate BJP’s pro-poor and proactive governance, Modi added that the festival of Holi has begun with BJP’s win in the assembly polls. The return of Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minister in Uttar Pradesh after a full five-year term not only marks a watershed in the state’s political history but, along with the BJP’s victory in three other states, upends the party’s national trend of losses in states after Narendra Modi took charge at the Centre in 2014. In effect, it secures for the party the pole position in national politics based on electoral affirmation for its governance record.

Since 2014, the BJP has lost its incumbent governments in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Jharkhand while scraping through in Haryana. It did cobble up numbers in Madhya Pradesh, overturning the Kamal Nath-led Congress government in 2020.

READ | With UP win, BJP breaks trend of state losses after 2014

Even as the BJP returned to power in Uttar Pradesh with a thumping win, the party lost some of its big names, including its Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and some prominent ministers. Maurya lost to Pallavi Patel, the Apna Dal (Kamerawadi) leader who fought on an SP ticket, in Sirathu. He lost by 7,337 votes. Sirathu, which comes under the Phulpur Lok Sabha constituency, was once by Sonelal Patel, Pallavi’s father.

Maurya, an important OBC face of the party, has been closely associated with the RSS. He won his first Assembly elections in 2012 and went on to become an MP from Phoolpur and a minister in the Union Cabinet.

READ | The big losers in the 2022 UP Assembly elections

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